The first National Congress of Caterers has begun

first_imgOn that occasion, Međimurje and Rijeka family farms and Međimurje winemakers will present their local products. The First National Congress of Caterers will thus show in the best and most representative way that domestic products, tradition and knowledge are the best recipe for the success of tourism and hospitality in Croatia. It is a unique event that will bring together all important stakeholders who directly or indirectly operate in the gastronomic and tourism sector, with the aim of conducting a constructive discussion on current issues and devising solutions and visions for the future of this sector. The program of the first National Congress of Caterers will include three panel discussions. The first panel discussion will address presentation of the Kravata model in catering, which will classify the criteria for the use of Croatian products. It will be attended by businessmen and representatives of large companies such as Metro and Pika, representative of the Coordination of Croatian Caterers Marin Medak, and the participation of the Minister of Tourism is also expected Gary Cappelli. The Kravata model is conceived as a symbol of the recognizability of the Croatian catering offer and provides Croatian gastronomy with a clear identity and uniqueness with an emphasis on quality. Today, the City of Čakovec will host more than 300 caterers from all over Croatia at the first National Congress of Caterers, which will be held at the Cultural Center. Minister Cappelli emphasized that the intention of lower VAT in catering is not to lower prices, but to open space for salary increases and new investments. In addition to panel discussions, visitors will be able to choose from four interesting workshops. The first relates to the culture of behavior and behavior at the table and at the table and raising the quality of service in the hospitality industry, which will be implemented Damjan Miletić from the Business Academy Rijeka. He will present the mixology of cocktails at the second workshop Marin Nekić, and all about franchising in the food and beverage sector and the untapped potential of such a way of doing business at the third workshop will be presented by the franchise owner Surf’n’Fries Adria Andrija Čolak. The third panel discussion will address an important issue emigration, labor force and education of employees in the hospitality industry. The changes that follow and how to adequately prepare for the upcoming season will be discussed Petar Lovrić from the Association of Independent Entrepreneurs of Employers, project manager of Raise the Bar Coca-Cola HBC Croatia Filip Verbanac, director of Zarja Group Zvonimir Belić, owner of the company Posao u turizmu Nataša Kačar and President of the Dubrovnik Association of Caterers Ante Vlašić. The second panel discussion will address the issue tax burden in catering, that is, potential tax and administrative relief in catering and related activities, as well as the announced reduction of VAT on food preparation and serving. He will contribute to the panel discussion, among others representative of the Croatian Professional Accountants Initiative (IPRH), president of the Lipa association Davor Huić, President of the Association of Caterers of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Vedran Jakominić, and the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Economy is expected. “The first National Congress of Hospitals is conceived as a key event to be held each year, at which all key issues related to the hospitality sector will be discussed. We are facing a turbulent period – we are preparing to reduce the VAT rate for the preparation and serving of food in restaurants to 13 percent, and currently it is not entirely clear in what form and which facilities the proposed measures will cover. Also, we are preparing for the new tourist season and at all costs we want to avoid the situation in June, when we prevented a serious blow to all catering facilities, but also tourism as a whole, through a firefighting measure to increase quotas for foreigners. This is a unique opportunity to bring together all stakeholders in the hospitality industry, who will share their experiences and opinions on how the tourism and hospitality sector should develop.”, Said the representative of the Coordination of Caterers Marin Medak.last_img read more

‘Peaceful’ Hong Kong march marred by fire

first_img“Although the event was generallypeaceful, acts of breaching public peace happened afterwards,” the police addedon Monday.  Protesters attend a Human Rights Day march in the district of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, China on Dec. 8. REUTERS/LAUREL CHOR HONG KONG – Protesters set fireoutside court buildings, threw petrol bombs and spray-painted graffiti ongovernment buildings, marring what was otherwise a “generally peaceful” marchover the weekend, police said.center_img Vast crowds of black-claddemonstrators thronged the streets of the Asian financial hub on Sunday, in thelargest anti-government rally since local elections last month and a resoundingshow of continued support for the pro-democracy movement.(Reuters)last_img read more

Late collapses have cost USC in consecutive weeks

first_imgAfter holding leads late in its last two events but failing to win, the No. 8 USC men’s golf team hopes to seal the deal this weekend and claim its first tournament title of the year at the Stanford U.S. Intercollegiate in Palo Alto, Calif.The Trojans built a four-stroke lead last week at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational but went a combined nine over par on the last three holes and slipped to third place.USC coach Chris Zambri said he wasn’t overly concerned about his team’s inability to finish.“If you’re in the game, that’s a great thing. We’ve been in the middle of it for the last two or three events we’ve played,” Zambri said. “We are getting better, and I do think it is the kind of group that can finish.”The Trojans have finished in the top three in their last three events. In its first five events of the season, USC finished no higher than tied for fourth.“It’s a great thing that we’re giving ourselves opportunities to win,” junior Matt Giles said. “I feel as though the more opportunities we get, the better all of us will get at [finishing].”With their recent good form, the Trojans have climbed nine spots in the national rankings in the last month and will enter this weekend’s tournament as one of the favorites to win.Host No. 3 Stanford, Thunderbird Invitational champion No. 5 Washington and crosstown rival No. 7 UCLA pose the biggest threats to USC’s championship hopes.Zambri will make one change to his lineup from the squad he sent out last week in the desert, inserting redshirt junior Bo DeHuff for freshman Stewart Hagestad in the five spot. Hagestad will still compete as an individual.DeHuff turned in his top finish of the spring competing as an individual last week, tying for 42nd.Giles, a two-time All-American, seemed to rediscover his top form last week, posting his first top-five finish of the season.“Everything’s much better,” Giles said. “There wasn’t any one thing that stood out before. Everything was pretty poor to be perfectly honest. Now I feel really confident with my short game especially.”Sophomore Steve Lim led the field by two strokes last week after two rounds, shooting 68-65. He struggled in the final round, however, posting a 75 and falling into a tie for eighth.“It’s not easy to be in that position, leading by two,” Zambri said. “Steve’s won tournaments before but he hasn’t won in college so it was new for him. I think he’ll learn from the experience and be better off for it.”Freshman T.J. Vogel continued his solid play last week, finishing in a tie for 22nd. Vogel finished in second place overall at the two previous stroke-play events.For freshman Martin Trainer, this week’s tournament marks a homecoming. Trainer is from Palo Alto and has played the Stanford Golf Course more than 50 times in his career.“I know the course really well, and that gives me a big advantage,” Trainer said. “I’m really excited. If you know your way around, you can definitely shoot a good score there.”The Stanford U.S. Intercollegiate, which begins Sunday and ends with the final round on Tuesday, is the last event for USC before the team returns to Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., for the Pac-10 championships at the end of the month.“I think everyone is identifying on an individual basis where they can improve their games and working hard on that,” Giles said. “With the last couple of events being really close calls that we probably should have won — that gives us some hunger and motivation in going forward.”last_img read more

Mizzou’s Sam could become NFL’s 1st openly gay player

first_imgIn this Sept. 21, 2013, file photo, Missouri’s Michael Sam (52) sings the school song after Missouri defeated Indiana in an NCAA college football game in Bloomington, Ind. The All-American athlete says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)Tolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League.And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation.Missouri’s All-America defensive end came out to the entire country Sunday night and could become the first openly gay player in America’s most popular sport.“I just want to go to the team who drafts me,” Sam told ESPN in an interview that aired Sunday, “because that team knows about me, knows that I’m gay, and also knows that I work hard. That’s the team I want to go to.”Nobody has ever done this before.In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, Missouri senior defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to the media during an NCAA college football news conference in Irving, Texas. Sam says he is gay, and he could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports, Sam said publicly for the first time that he was gay. He said he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.Sam will participate in the NFL combine later this month in Indianapolis and is projected to be a mid-round draft pick in May.“Hopefully it will be the same like my locker room,” he told ESPN. “It’s a workplace. If you’ve ever been in a Division I or pro locker room, it’s a business place. You want to act professional.”Sam received much public support Sunday night from people throughout the world of sports.“I can’t wait to cheer for whatever lucky team that drafts @MikeSamFootball. Personally I hope he goes to my favorite team. The @Colts” tweeted Jason Collins, the pro basketball player who said publicly last season that he is gay.There also were words of caution.Offensive lineman Frank Garcia, who played nine seasons (1995-2003) in the NFL with the Panthers, Rams and Cardinals, said Sam could face “huge challenges” in the league.Garcia was teammates and good friends with defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo, who announced he was gay on HBO’s Real Sports in 2002 — three years after he left the NFL.Garcia said although he and Tuaolo regularly hung out as teammates in Carolina in 1999, Tuaolo never once let on that he was gay.“I think a lot of guys in the NFL are going to say they will accept it, but there are a lot of guys who won’t,” said Garcia, now a sports radio show host with WFNZ-AM in Charlotte. “The reality is Michael Sam is going to open himself up to a lot of criticism and a lot of challenges. Those are challenges most gay people have to go through, but when you are dealing with alpha males and some meatheads in an NFL locker room it’s amplified. And there are some guys who have strong religious beliefs, too, so he’s going to be judged. He’s going to face some things that are going to be very difficult to overcome.”The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month after leading the Southeastern Conference in sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (19). He was the SEC defensive player of the year.There have been a few NFL players who have come out after their playing days, including Kwame Harris and Dave Kopay.Collins, a 35-year-old backup center, came out after last season when he was a free agent and was not signed this season. MLS star and U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers also came out a year ago.“His courage will inspire millions to live their truth,” Rogers tweeted about Sam.Division III Willamette kicker Conner Mertens, a redshirt freshman, said last month he was bisexual.“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage,” the NFL said in statement. “Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”Sam’s announcement comes at a time gay rights and sports have collided at the Olympics in Sochi. Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law has received much attention, and criticism, because of the games.“By rewriting the script for countless young athletes, Michael has demonstrated the leadership that, along with his impressive skills on the field, makes him a natural fit for the NFL,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD, a leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization. “With acceptance of LGBT people rising across our coasts — in our schools, churches, and workplaces — it’s clear that America is ready for an openly gay football star.”The NFL’s sexual orientation, anti-discrimination and harassment policy states:“Coaches, General Managers and others responsible for interviewing and hiring draft-eligible players and free agents must not seek information concerning or make personnel decisions based on a player’s sexual orientation. This includes asking questions during an interview that suggest that the player’s sexual orientation will be a factor in the decision to draft or sign him.“Examples: Do you like women or men? How well do you do with the ladies? Do you have a girlfriend?”Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams tweeted:  “I could care less about a man’s sexual preference! i care about winning games and being respectful in the locker room!”Williams’ teammate, cornerback Drayton Florence, posted on his Twitter account: “No comment but it can be a distraction in the locker room. At least he’s open with it much respect!”___AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, N.C., contributed to this report.___Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAPlast_img read more

Port Invests in Thurston County’s Small Cities

first_imgFacebook191Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Port of OlympiaCurrent Port Commissioner, Bill McGregor spearheaded the Small Cities program in 2010. It has become a success marking 2017 as the eighth year projects in Thurston County’s small, incorporated cities received a boost from the Port of Olympia. Port Commission approved funding matches for economic development projects in Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino and Yelm, at $10,000 each at the April 24 Commission meeting.The intent of the Port’s Small Cities Program is to assist with projects that will contribute to local economic development. The program requires an equal cash match from the city. The Port awards the funds after the city has completed the project and submitted the required information.Small cities are defined as incorporated cities within Thurston County with a population of 10,000 or less.The Board of Directors of the Port Economic Development Corporation reviewed Finance Director Jeff Smith’s analysis of the cities’ applications, qualified the eligibility of the projects, and recommended that the Commission approve the funding awards.Here is how the cities plan to use their 2017 Small Cities Program funds:Bucoda will continue the renovation of the historic Oddfellows Building into a community center that serves both residents and visitors. Included will be the purchase and installation of two ductless heat pumps.Rainier plans to help fund the Tipsoo Loop Resurfacing project.Tenino will use the funds to remove the existing security fence at the Tenino Quarry Pool. Relocation of the fence will create additional space within the security zone to allow for additional sunbathing, picnicking, and greater freedom of movement for lifeguards. The fence itself will be replaced by a higher-quality, longer lasting, more pleasing to the eye vinyl wrapped chain link.Yelm plans to acquire electric vehicle charging stations; acquire and install a Bikeshare kiosk and acquire professional services for logo upgrade.last_img read more